My Favourite Websites
On my website, I support other websites and businesses that mean something to me. Mostly, it's because they're related in some way to the work I do with animals, or others are small local businesses that I like to support. I know the people that run these organisations personally, and am pleased to be able to help promote whatever it is that they do.
The first are the animal charities I support, either through volunteering, donations or sponsorship.
My own lovely cat, Bella, was rehomed from Animals in Distress, and for 3 years I visited every week to provide Reiki treatments for the animals resident there, before they find homes. I continue to support their fundraising days, and help with donations of food, bedding, etc.If you're also able to help in this way, or perhaps even by volunteering, do please get in touch with them.
I was thrilled to be asked to become the Reiki volunteer at the Society for Abandoned Animals sanctuary (known locally as Peggy Henderson's) a couple of years ago. Many of the animals in their care come in with physical or emotional injuries, and the Reiki I bring helps them to in their recovery - so bringing forward the time they are ready for rehoming. After all, there's nothing more healing than having your own loving home!
A friend of mine loves dogs, but as he lives in a small flat and travels a lot, is not able to keep one of his own. As a present to him, and to help them in their sterling work to care for homeless dogs, I sponsor a Dogs' Trust dog.
Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Home re-home more dogs every year than Battersea Dogs Home. Their running costs are fairly substantial, and they depend on the goodwill of local people in terms of donations, volunteering and sponsorship to keep going. I have sold cards at events and given a them a proportion of the sales, and I take part in the annual sponsored dog walk at Debdale Park.
The next websites are related to animals, and are small local businesses, just like mine.
I have a friend and associate who runs a great facility for people who go out to work, but would like their dogs to be socialised and looked after during the day. Her website is DayCare4Dogs . In fact, Emma's daycare crèche for dogs has enabled her to set up a charity which finds homes in the UK for dogs from countries that don't take as much care of their animals. Do take a look: Dogs4Rescue
Sara Baker is a wonderful mobile cat groomer, recommended by many. So I'm very happy to recommend her here too! Lots of my clients have had Sara come to visit their cats for special treatment. Cats get very stressed by visits to the vet, and a visit to a groomer is pretty much the same thing for a cat - so having a groomer come to them in their own homes is a blessing!
Contact Sara on her mobile - 07903 277259, or email her on [email protected]
ReikiCare is not a local organisation, but James and Shelley travel around the country, visiting local areas to provide their amazing training in animal communication. They are very special people, and my learning and development with them in this field is ongoing and supported. If you're interested in learning for yourself, have a look at their website.
To discover how to cure all your dog behaviour problems, big or small - contact Jason Devereux of Simply Dog Behaviour. Jason is an experienced dog behaviourist and trainer helping dog owners around the North West. Fully insured and registered through INTO dogs association.
I like to support small local businesses who in their turn help to support the local economy.
I'm a very enthusiastic customer of Foodlife Organic, and am very impressed by their service and quality of their products. They source as much as they can locally, and only provide certified organic produce.
I've got a very good friend who's a personal injury lawyer and a cat lover. Naomi Wilson practises at NW Law, and she has 4 cats to help her!! After many years at a well known firm of solicitors, she started out on her own 2 years ago, working from home, but has become so successful, employing 8 local people now, that she recently moved into new premises in Prestwich. Sadly the cats aren't able to come and keep her company. She's passionately concerned about road safety, especially after an accident she was in a few years ago, which has left her with a lasting injury. She supports BRAKE, the road safety charity, and frequently speaks at schools in Greater Manchester about safe driving.
I'm a member of a local business group called the Chapel Street Business Group. They operate in Salford, but also include in their members small businesses from the wider Manchester area. They run speed networking events, which are great fun, meetings, provide details on funding available, and have strong links to local universities. Jon Monk has run this group tirelessly for the last couple of years. Find them on Chapel Street Business Group
Parsley Pie Art Club for Children, is run by Jenny Bent. She organises art and craft classes, parties, workshops and holiday activities for children aged 5 and over in Cheshire. Jenny is a fellow animal lover, and has lots of cats and a couple of goats sharing her home. She is also a vociferous supporter of animal rights. Her children's art club was even named after one of her beloved cats - Parsley Pie!
The following are all people and organisations who have helped me on my journey, and continue to support me to this day.
The first is Natural Practices, which is run by Gabi Heyes and her lovely staff. Without realising it, Gabi probably got me started on my journey when I started to visit her a number of years ago. Gabi says "Natural Practices is a Clinic specialising in cleansing and detoxification through the use of herbs, correct nutrition and colonic hydrotherapy."
Julie Silver is a Nutritional Therapist, Natural Health and Stress Management consultant at Your Personal Food Fairy and Transformation Coach. From my own experience in working with her she makes eating what's good for you fun and interesting, and has a real passion for helping people to improve their health and lives by eating well. Julie says she's "helping you to achieve more energy, balanced weight and improved mood in a healthy way".
My Reiki Master is Chris Parkes, and Chris runs The Reiki School, based in Hale, near Altrincham. Chris has been a great personal development teacher (which is a lot of what Reiki is all about), and has always had time to help me. Another person I couldn't have made this journey without.
Janet Long of Rainbow Healing Therapies also learnt her Reiki with Chris Parkes of the Reiki School. She's also a fully qualified Reflexologist and Hopi Ear Candler. She's become a good friend and support to me, and I know when to go when in need of Reiki myself. As I no longer practise Reiki with people, I'd recommend Janet should you be interested. Additionally Janet is a yoga teacher, running classes in the Altrincham and Timperley areas.
I learnt Reiki alongside Kate Marshall, who has since become a good friend, support and guide on my journey - I hope I do the same for her!! Kate lives and practises both Reiki and Yoga in an around the Winsford area in Cheshire. Have a look at her Inspiring Energy website to learn more about her and her approach.
Shailen is a vet who lost his beloved cat Ralph in 2010 - and has set up a website in his memory. It is dedicated to helping all those who have to deal with the sad loss of their own animals, and is packed with useful advice and guidance, as well as a place to post a loving memorial. A very special person and a very special website. The Ralph Site